July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Pastor, It's Cornelius On The Line ...

Easter Day

from the book
First Lesson Sermons For Lent/Easter

Robert J. Elder

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There stood Peter, in the very position in which lots of believers have found themselves. It could happen on an airplane, across the desk at work, over the backyard fence, at the laundry with a neighbor from the apartment next door, even with a member of our own family. Someone says, "What do you think the deal is about Jesus, anyway?" or "What goes on at your church for people like me?" or even, "Sometimes I wonder if there even is a God, don't you?"

Some call this Peter's "sermon" in Cornelius' house. I've read it over many times, and it doesn't look like much of a sermon to me. Where is the funny story that is supposed to start things off? Where is the poem by Longfellow at the end? And, of course, it's way too short. No, this is more like a response to a question from a friend. It's as if Cornelius called Peter one day to ask ...

This Easter Day sermon, Pastor, It's Cornelius On The Line ..., is based on Acts 10:34-43 and relates to Easter Day of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book RESTORING THE FUTURE . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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